Obituary: Warren Padula, 71

A pinhole image of Warren Padula by Elaine McKay.

Warren George Padula, 71, of Noyac, a visionary, art warrior, artist, mentor, builder, and creator of a good life, died of heart failure at home on May 27, 2018 with his wife Elaine McKay at his side. Mr. Padula was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.
Mr. Padula was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 17, 1947. After his family moved to Water Mill in 1955, he attended Southampton public schools, and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1965. Inspired by the architect Louis Kahn, Mr. Padula went to the University of Pennsylvania to study with him, later transferring to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his BFA in 1970.
Mr. Padula and his wife, Elaine, kept their boat The Whoat Ship-Ashore Marina in Sag Harbor until buying their home in Noyac. The Sag Harbor community with hardware stores, food stores, pharmacy and assorted local owned businesses became their center for supplies, where a walk around Main Street was a daily routine. They were married on February 2, 2004 in Sag Harbor’s Municipal Building by Mayor Ed Deyermond with Al Daniels as a witness.
The couple through his godchildren and her daughter in September 1987. ” He was my love spark, my companion, my husband, a true Art Warrior, who worked every day on art, creating a good life being abundantly generous to us all. Warren wanted to thank all the farm families, local families and visiting families who had embraced him over the years, from his early youth to the present,” said Ms. McKay. “He felt that having his art in Museums around the world, in private collections, and his steel sculptures on stretches of open space, were the ways he could honor and thank all the families and friends who had supported him.”
Mr. Padula was predeceased by his parents, Alfred Padula, Sr., and Dorothy Buckelew Padula; his brother, Alfred L. “Fred” Padula, Jr.; and uncle, Edward Padula, of Broadway “Bye Bye Birdie” fame. Both Fred and Uncle Ed mentored the artist throughout his life. In particular, Fred’s introduction of MADD Magazine to Mr. Padula as an eye-opening shift in perspective, which precipitated a lifelong interest in the nature of perception and reality, and also in the follies of human existence.
Survivors include: his wife Elaine Ann McKay, their daughter Jennifer McKay Palermo, son-in-law Scott Palermo, and grandson Jasper Palermo, of Houston Texas; his sister Lynn Libman of Teaneck, New Jersey, and Naples, Florida; Godchildren Alexis Bove of Santa Fe, New Nexico, Christof Bove of Los Angeles, California; Ashley Koral of Bridgehampton; nephews David Harlow of California, Michael Harlow of New York, niece Allison Callas of Florida and many lifelong friends on the East End.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to East End Hospice, PO Box 1048 Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 or to a favorite charity. A memorial service will be held later this year.